Attractions in San Pedro Beach, California

by Rachel Murray

The filming location for well-known movies such as "Raging Bull," "The Thin Red Line" and "Fight Club," San Pedro is a small port district in southwestern California. Although not known as a popular tourist spot in California, San Pedro has several attractions geared towards visitors with various interests and hobbies.

Cabrillo Marine Aquarium

Learn about Southern California's local marine animals at the Cabrillo Marine Aquarium (cabrillomarineaquarium.org) in San Pedro. The aquarium has several interactive exhibits, an Exploration Center and an aquatic nursery. The exhibit hall allows you to see and learn about the animals living in their natural environments such as sand, mud and kelp forests. In the Exploration Center, visitors can learn about coastal habitats, the effects of the Los Angles watershed and crawl through an aquarium containing octopuses, sting rays and flatfish. Learn about the research and projects scientists are conducting with a visit to the aquarium's aquatic nursery.

Warner Grand Theatre

Step back in time to the 1920s and 1930s with a visit to the lavish Warner Grand Theatre (warnergrand.org). Opened in 1931, Warner Bros. president, Jack Warner, called the theater "the Castle of Your Dreams." The Warner Theatre is the only remaining Art Deco theater designed by architects B. Marcus Priteca and Anthony Heinsbergen. Restored by the Grand Vision Foundation, the theater shows classic American films and foreign films, and hosts plays, concerts and musicals.

Beaches

Explore Southern California's ecosystem at two of San Pedro's beaches. Located near the Los Angeles Harbor, Cabrillo Beach has a mile-long sandy beach, fishing pier, picnic tables, playground, snack bar and boat launch ramp. Cabrillo Beach is a favorite destination for windsurfers who refer to it as "Hurricane Gulch" because of the consistent high winds. From Cabrillo Beach, travel further west along the coast to visit Royal Palms State Beach. At Royal Palms State Beach, explore the tide pools in the beach's rocky shoreline or picnic in the park overlooking the beach.

Museums

Explore San Pedro's rich history by visiting the city's museums. The Fort MacArthur Museum (ftmac.org) offers displays examining Fort MacArthur, the U.S. Army post that protected the Los Angeles harbor for over 50 years. The Los Angeles Maritime Museum contains exhibits about the history of the Los Angeles Harbor, the San Pedro fishing industry. Once a victory ship in commission during World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War, the S.S Lane Victory (lanevictory.org) now serves as a museum dedicated to veteran sailors.